Before you begin
Check with your Doctor before Fasting
If you are thinking about fasting
the first thing you need to consider is your health.
Talk to your physician before you fast
to be sure the dietary change the fast imposes
is something your body
will be able to handle.
This is very very important !
Plan Your Fast
The Bible has examples of one-day,
1 Samuel 31:13
Matthew 4 respectively.
Enter your fast with prayer
and a specific plan
for how long you will fast ,
and what type of fast is right for you.
for seeking God’s provision
and combining fasting with prayer …
make up the most critical weapons
of spiritual warfare and deliverance in our lives.
Although we cannot ,or should not even attempt to manipulate God
to fulfill our desires in the way WE see fit …
Fasting (when done the biblical way)
will always clarify our vision ,
and move us into a participation with God
to fulfill HIS intended will over matters.
Different strokes for different folks …
Not all fasts are equal.
You have to find your fast zone.
A fast for a diabetic or pregnant person
is different than the fast
of healthy young adult or older person.
Only the shortest fasts are recommended for any child who is still growing.
There are different types of fasts in the Bible
so be free to pick one that works for you.
The important thing is
to set up the commitment ahead of time
and follow through without constantly changing the rules.
who ate no food and water for forty days.
This would be considered an extreme or supernatural fast.
Daniel participated in two types of fasts in the bible.
One was vegetable and water only.
The other was a fast of no choice (delicate) food, meat, or wine.
Many people will drink juice
or even smoothies along within a fasting period,
but will abstain from food.
There is also an element of timing for any fast.
Will you fast for one certain day of the week?
Will you fast between the hours of
9:00 AM and 4:00 PM – Monday –Friday or Saturdays till dinner?
Will you fast for 3 days , 7 days , or longer ?It’s really up to you because …
It’s the purpose and intent that matters ….
more than the actual food items you fast.
If you are engaging in a season of fasting
in all three dimensions of body , soul , and spirit …
Spending time in prayer, reflective thought, and meditation …
If you take it seriously then you have a greater chance
of gaining serious rewards from the fast.
Some elements of your experience
may be similar to other peoples’ experiences
but the combination of
and success you have
will be unique to your fasting practice.
If you have become motivated to fast
you will need to begin to learn how YOU respond
mentally and physically to not eating.
As you gain experience you will discover
your own set of internal challenges.
These will be physical and mental.
There will also be external challenges.
As you move through your day
and you go from place to place
you will inevitably come across food.
This is true whether you stay at home, go to work … or are on vacation.
You will also find yourself in different social situations.
These may be interactions with your family,
co-workers, and other people that are part of the social communities that you have in your life.
Interactions that you have with others
can be a challenge because many social interactions involve food.
There are also many social norms
that influence how we think and feel about eating.
All of these internal and external forces come into play when you carry out a fast.
BEGINNING A FAST
How to Fast Safely
As you begin your fast … You MUST protect your health.
But I assure you, if done properly,
fasting will not only prove to be a physical blessing,
but a spiritual blessing as well.
By all means, consult your doctor before you begin your fast.
But, be aware that many doctors have not been trained in this area
and so even their understanding may be limited.
Even so, it would be wise to ask your doctor for a physical exam to make sure you are in good health.
You may have a physical problem that would make fasting unwise or dangerous.
Also, if you are under any type of medication,
make sure you talk to your doctor before changing your regime.
Prudence and caution are FIRST PRIORITY
In spite of the absolute safety and benefits of fasting,
there are certain persons who should NEVER fast without professional supervision.
- Persons who are physically too thin or emaciated.
- Persons who are prone to anorexia, bulimia, or other behavioral disorders.
- Those who suffer weakness or anemia.
- Persons who have tumors, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood diseases, or who have heart disease.
- Those who suffer chronic problems with kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, or other important organs.
- Individuals who take insulin for diabetes, or suffer any other blood sugar problem such as hyperglycemia.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing.
When you are assured that you are in sufficient health,
choose the type of fast
you are then ready to begin your fast.
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